This will be PHAA's (Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency) 22nd annual High School at Home Conference. It will take place on Monday, April 16, 2018, from 9AM to 5PM at the Bongiorno Conference Center (430 Union Hall Rd., Carlisle PA 17013; Click here for directions). There are sessions especially designed for parents, homeschooled students, and evaluators.
The cost is $39.95, plus an additional $24.95 for additional member of the family who will come. It is too late to pay in advance, but you can show up at the door at 8:30 and pay there, if you wish.
Who is Invited?
- New-to-High-School Parents: Find out how the PHAA high school diploma works, making the transition to high school from a panel of experienced parents who’ve been there. curriculum options in high school from a panel of evaluators who know what works.
- Experienced Parents: Find out about the getting into college process, preparing students for careers, teaching subject areas at home, and Advanced Placement courses. Also, you can volunteer to participate on a panel for new-to-high-school parents.
- Students: Find out about joining the Excelsior staff and other topics. There will be several student panels that you can attend if you wish..
- Evaluators: There will be a session about how to use the new online transcript program. There will also be sessions outlining how to award credits for the PHAA diploma and how to be a better guidance counselor. Simply by attending, you get an extra year added to your evaluator membership.
During each of the five break-out session time slots during the day, you will have your choice between at four different options. Some are especially designed to appeal to PHAA evaluators, some to appeal to PHAA students, and to appeal to parents. For example, at a break-out session for parents who are new to high school at home, a panel of experienced parents will share their perspectives and answer your questions.
Students: This year we are having two contests as part of the conference:
- Student Speech Contest. Are you looking for an audience for your annual speech? This year you can give a PHED Talk (similar to a TED Talk…PHED = Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Educational Discovery!) at our student speech session at PHAA High School at Home Conference. Registrations will be accepted till filled-- register early while there is still room! $50 prize for 1st place and $25 prize for 2nd place. Students will give 5-minute talks sharing unique homeschooling experiences, using Ted Talks as the model. 1st and 2nd place winners will also present their talks to everyone during the afternoon break. If you want to participate, register to present your talk by emailing PHAA (firstname.lastname@example.org) subject line “PHED Talks Contest,” giving your name and grade level in the body of the message. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
- Student Photography Contest. Do you have a photography portfolio (12 to 24 digital photos) that you would like to share with your fellow students? One of the student sessions at the conference will be a Photography Contest. Bring 12–24 photos on a thumb drive to the student photography session and be prepared to present them and talk about them for 5 minutes. $50 prize for the 1st place portfolio and $25 prize for 2nd place. Winners will also present their photograph portfolios to everyone during the afternnon break. If you want to participate, email PHAA (email@example.com) subject line: Photography Contest. Include student name and grade level. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first serve basis. Register early while there is still room!
What attendees said after past conferences:
- Karen Brown (homeschool mom): This year I brought my husband & son to the conference. It helped them get a better picture of homeschooling and meeting others of like mind... Debra Bell's session on online resources should have been attended by everyone. Though slightly overwhelming, it was EXCELLENT -- worth the price of the whole conference."
- Shelly Wilson (homeschool mom): We learned a great amount about college requirements... I really feel prepared to start the college and financial aid process! Thanks for all your hard work!
- Suszanne Troll (homeschool mom): Honestly, I wish I would have come years ago because I like to be prepared. This preparation give me time to adjust to curriculum needs. Thank you for one of the best conferences I've attended. (I loved, also, the teen panels and adult panels -- very informative.)
- Nancy Lanigan (homeschool mom): We came looking for help and alternatives for our high school years. We already have 5 high school graduates (three more to go!) and are very sorry we did not attend before. All sessions attended were very helpful!
- Nanette Blank (homeschool evaluator): Informative sessions.... Meeting other evaluators was very helpful.
- Mary Hill (homeschool student): I thought it was great that high schoolers could interact and share their experiences with each other.
- Cheryl Hanratty (homeschool student): It really gave me an idea of all the choices and possibilities I have to choose from and what to expect after high school.
- Spencer Kondak (homeschool student): I enjoyed meeting new people who are going through the same things as me.
- Hope Adele Pasztor (homeschool student): I always LOVE going to this annual conference. It's a great time of food and fellowship, but most importantly of all, it revs me up for the next year of highschool! I won't begin to tell you how many wonderful academic opportunities have been unearthed here.
- Charis Luna (homeschool student): I liked being able to discuss homeschool education in a group with other kids-- and there was good food!
- Kyle DeMaria (homeschool student): I really enjoyed the layout of the day-- there were nicely spaced breaks. Another thing I liked was the name tags-- they were easy to read and made it a lot easier to socialize. Finally I made a new friend. In the past, I have not met a lot of people my age who homeschool. The bottom line is I really enjoyed this experience and look forward to the next conference.
- Megan Dutill (homeschool student): I really had a wonderful time this year... I especially loved the opportunity to connect with students my age.
Enjoy the Professionalism
Why should other educators go to conference centers for their conferences while homeschoolers bring bag lunches and sit on hard chairs. This conference treats you right. Enjoy the free buffet lunch, the free snacks during breaks, the sessions that are small enough for you to get answers to your questions, the positive atmosphere, and the professionalism of the day and location.